Class Notes

By the 1830s, the new way of practicing politics was firmly entrenched as the Democrats and Whigs were now decisively legitimized. This new period of party politics will last until the 1890s, even though some of the names will change.  This is the heyday of party politics with voter turnout reaching as high as 80%.  During this time people picked a party and stuck with it and like today often did not like people who voted the other way.  Even without social media people were expected to openly support their party, still no secret ballot, and politics were discussed everywhere. 

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